Twenty-one years ago, my life was changed forever. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an auto-immune disease that I will live with until a cure is found. There was nothing I could do about it. I quickly learned that I needed to control my diabetes, without letting it control me.
I can barley remember my life without the pressure and challenge of dealing with this disease. There is never a break from the regimen of checking my blood sugar (a minimum of 5 times a day), measuring and monitoring everything I eat, and wearing my insulin pump 24 hours a day.
I began working at JDRF six years ago, and can honestly say it has changed my life. I get to meet hundreds of families who watch their children live with this challenging disease every day. The parents wonder if their child will go to college and lead a normal life. They wonder if they will get married and live on their own. If I can do it, they can do it.
Just the other day, a little girl named Taryn told me that her doctor gave her some good advice when she was diagnosed....
''There are three things you cannot do with type 1 diabetes. You cannot be in the military, you cannot be a pilot and the third and most important thing is you cannot ignore your diabetes. You can do ANYTHING else you want in life.''
I think about Taryn and her positive attitude towards life. She will not let her diabetes stop her from achieving her dreams, and neither will I.
On Sunday October 21, 2012 I will be taking part in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in San Antonio. It is my opportunity to fight for a cure for this devastating disease. Our goal is to raise more than $700,000 to fund critical research to find a cure for this disease and its complications. I want Taryn's doctor to never have tell a child again there are things they cannot do. I want him to be able to say ''you can do ANYTHING you want in life, because we have found a cure''.
Help me find a cure for Taryn and all the children and adults living with type 1 diabetes. You can make a donation to fund research to find a cure.
It is faster and easier than ever to donate. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this message to donate online (click visit my personal page). If you prefer, you can mail your gift check to me at the address listed below. Please make the check out to JDRF.
1726 Deer Run St San Antonio, TX 78232
Any amount, great or small, helps JDRF get closer to its goal to improve the lives of every person affected by type 1 diabetes by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing type 1 diabetes.
Sincerely, Megan Casey
Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults - approximately 80 people per day - are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the United States. While you've been reading my story, another person was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
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